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The Dutch need to run faster

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Officials in Belgium are trying to even out the racers in the Utrecht Marathon, so to speak. The race has a new payment plan: A winning local Dutch runner can take home 100 times what a foreign winner pockets.

Organizers call it a smart incentive plan to develop Dutch running in a race that has been dominated by Kenyans, who've won for the last four years. Critics say it's discrimination and racism.

The race is next week. Objections to the arrangement have come from Utrecht city council and Nairobi half a world away.

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